Friday, November 2, 2012

■ UNITED STATES: Ethiopian Airlines, ILFC sign lease deal for three 787s.

US based aircraft lessor specialists, the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), yesterday announced the signing of a deal with Ethiopian Airlines (ET), for the lease of three Boeing 787-8 aircraft, of which Ethiopian currently has three (with a further seven due for delivery).

Ethiopian's fourth 787 ET-AOP
Ethiopian's fourth 787 ET-AOP at Boeing Field (moonm)
The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015 and will carry GEnx-1B70/75 engines.

Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, said:
In line with vision 2025 strategic road maps, Ethiopian is scaling up its fast, profitable and sustainable growth. Being the first in Africa and third in the world to operate the 787 Dreamliner aircraft and being satisfied with the performance of the fleet in service, Ethiopian is pleased to bring the B787 fleet to thirteen by 2015. We value our partnership with ILFC.
Source [Nazret]

Ethiopian are due to receive their next, and their own, Boeing 787-8 (MSN 34744 | ET-AOP) in the next few weeks, bringing their fleet of Dreamliners to four.